January 31, 2006

Wilmington News Journal
Matt Donegan, a copy editor and reporter for the weekly Dover (DE) Post, was fired after his editor, Don Flood, was alerted to his blog. Flood calls the 24-year-old’s posts “extremely offensive and just contrary to what we believe here.” (Donegan wrote after his black neighbors had a party on Martin Luther King Jr. Day eve: “I bet James Earl Ray was woken up by black people yelling pointlessly in the streets the night before he killed your civil rights leader.”) Donegan says “what I wrote … was rude, but it doesn’t make it wrong.”

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